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An Attorney For The Victims Speaks Out On The Eve Of Nidal Hasan's Trial

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Four years after 12 soldiers and one veteran were murdered and 32 others wounded on Fort Hood, the soldier accused of the crimes will face military court martial.

The long-awaited trial against Army Psychiatrist Nidal Hasan begins Tuesday, as he faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Now Neal Sher, the attorney representing victims and families in a civil case that's been put on hold until the trial ends, says the victims have waited far too long for justice.

"This has been a long time coming, and frankly, it's been an outrage that this case has taken longer to come to trial than it took to defeat the Nazis in World War II," said Sher.

The magnitude of the evidence and testimony at hand is staggering.

With it the government will spend the next weeks or months trying to prove Nidal Hasan planned and carried out the shootings, as the result of a gradual, religious radicalization.

Military Law Expert and former Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate Rick Rosen said, "I have a feeling that Hasan is going to say things that indicate that he did it with premeditation, that this was his purpose."

Representing himself in court, Hasan has taken multiple opportunities to claim responsibility for the killings.

And as his own attorney, Hasan will have the opportunity to question those who were wounded that tragic day.

"I'm sure the victims aren't going to be comfortable with it, but he's entitled to do it under the sixth amendment," said Military Attorney Brad Glendening.

Sher praises the victims for their courage and says, "The potential of being cross-examined by this person who shot them is incredible, they're heroic. They're being very heroic by doing this."

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Chris Buford cbuford@kcentv.com

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